Students from across the globe compete in robotics competition

Robots took over the Hawaii Convention Center Friday for the first-ever International VEX Robotics Summer Games.

The competition brings together more than 100 elementary, middle and high school teams from across the globe, some as far away as Egypt and China.

It’s one of several tournaments in the VEX Robotics Competition season.

The students build robots and use them to complete various challenges.

“You have Sky Rise, which was this year’s Vex game, where you’re building cubes to build the tallest skyrise, and you have last year’s game called Toss Up, where you’re hoping to toss balls into the field and score them into various goals,” explained project coordinator Angela Wong.

“Science is definitely a bridging factor in a lot of the teams,” she added. “We have teams speaking Spanish, Chinese, and some of us don’t necessarily know that language, but robotics definitely helps to bond us and bring us together.”

On Saturday, from 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., teams will compete in the finals and an awards ceremony will be held. It will be open to the public and admission is free.

Winners have the chance to qualify for the VEX Robotics World Championships in Anaheim, Calif.

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